Monday Rx: Rethink Value Based Care, Mental Health, LACMA Marketplace, Elections and Public Health Advisories

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Time to Rethink Value Based Care

The trend to value-based care means independent primary care practices can explore joining an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Practices are allowing concerns about risk, practice readiness and limited resources to get in the way of the multitude of benefits that would come from joining a physician-led ACO.

LACMA premier partner, Aledade, recognizes primary care doctors cannot make the shift alone. They need and want a partner, someone who understands how to help independent doctors confidently and comfortably make the shift. They want a partner who can provide regulatory expertise, cutting-edge technology, data analytics, business transformation services, upfront capital, and all the other elements independent physicians need to succeed in value-based health.

Register here for this Wednesday’s webinar featuring Mandy Cohen, M.D., Aledade’s Executive Vice President and the Chief Executive Officer of Aledade Care Solutions, the company’s new health services unit and David Ford, CMA Physician Services’ Chief Executive Officer. CMA Physician Services focuses on supporting physicians and physician organizations to practice in the modality of their choosing. Also, to hear directly from Aledade founder and CEO, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, listen to his interview on Clear as Mud by clicking here.

National Mental Health Awareness Month

With this significant observance, LACMA’s Public Health Council is hosting a town hall this Wednesday on building emotional strength in kids. Featured guests include Congresswoman Grace Napolitano representing the 32nd district, City of Downey Mayor Blanca Pacheco, Dr. Irma “Elisheva” Diaz, MTS, BAJS, DD and Dr. Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, ABPdN.

Register here.

A New LACMA Marketplace is Coming!

In two weeks, LACMA will unveil a new marketplace for members and limited access for non-members. Soon, physicians will access an entirely new user experience, group purchasing discounts, advisory panel and subject matter experts, call center support and much more via the new Member Benefits Platform. Stay tuned for details!

LACMA Election Season!

The Los Angeles County Medical Association is currently holding its 151st Annual Elections.

The following positions are contested: 

  • Councilor-at-Large 
  • Resident/Fellow Councilor (will be voted on by resident and fellow members) 

Active members of LACMA and CMA have the privilege of voting for their preferred candidates. When reviewing each statement, it is important to remember that the ultimate responsibility of these leaders is to advocate for LACMA and its members at the LACMA Board of Directors level. 

The ballot will also present proposed changes to the LACMA bylaws. Please review them here

This morning, eligible voters should have received a voting ballot via email or mail. Voting will be conducted online. The email will come from Election Buddy and will have the following subject line: Vote Now: Los Angeles County Medical Association – 2022 LACMA Elections. Please do not share the email or the link as it is unique to each member. 

For additional information about the candidates or the election process, please call Lisa Le at 213-226-0304 or email at

Department of Public Health Issues Advisory

On May 6, 2022, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) notified Public Health and the general public that air monitoring detected elevated levels of ethylene oxide on-site at Sterigenics, located at 4900 Gifford Avenue in the City of Vernon. Ethylene Oxide is a gas used in the facility to sterilize medical equipment. Ethylene Oxide has a sweet, but pungent chemical odor. SCAQMD is conducting air monitoring near the Sterigenics buildings as well as multiple locations within the community. At this time, SCAQMD reports that measurements of ethylene oxide in the community near Sterigenics are below health risk levels established by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

To obtain more information to share with potentially impacted patients click here.

Tribute to Dr. Ronald Fischman

Dr. Fischman passed away on May 16, 2022, in Brentwood. He was co-founder of Southland Renal Medical Group and a board-certified nephrologist and internist. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fischman family.

Free Webinar: Managing Your Online Reputation

Recent patient survey data reports that over 70% of patients use online reviews to evaluate and select a new healthcare provider*. Because negative online reviews, even when unmerited, can hurt a practice’s reputation, managing a strong online presence is more important than ever. Join the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) for a webinar that will provide step-by-step guidance for building and maintaining a strong, influential online presence to help you grow your practice.

Register Now

5 Steps to Successfully Managing Your Online Reputation

Date: Wednesday, May 25

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT

This webinar will cover:

  • Where reviews are listed online, and how they impact your practice
  • Tactics for gathering and sharing more patient reviews
  • How to influence patients to write stronger reviews
  • The dangers of ignoring negative comments

The webinar will be presented by the marketing experts at Patient Pop and followed by audience Q&A. All registrants will receive the recording and slides once they are available. CAP is pleased to present this program in association with our county medical society partners statewide.

As a leading provider of superior medical malpractice coverage in California for more than 40 years, CAP remains committed to providing physicians with secure and affordable protection and relevant practice and risk management resources, such as these webinars, to help them run a successful practice.

To learn more about becoming a CAP member, please call 800-356-5672 or email MD@CAPphysicians.comRequest an Instant Quote today to see how much you can save on medical malpractice coverage through CAP.


"Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step."

Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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